Sunglasses and Fame
It was a Friday. I was wearing sunglasses. I was dressed like I am in the photo above:
Now, you need to know that when I do wear my sunglasses, I pretty much wear them for the whole day, because they are prescription, and therefore both rather expensive (I don't want to lose them by putting them down somewhere) and also rather useful--if I take them off when I go inside a building, I feel like I can't see at all.
All that to say, if I'm wearing my sunglasses for the day, I'm probably going to wear them inside. You may judge me for that, that's your choice. People always seem to get a little snotty about folks who wear sunglasses inside, and I agree, it can look pretty funny!
It just so happened, as it frequently does, that on this particular day, I stopped to use a public restroom, and upon exiting the stall, I was accosted by two teenage girls by the sinks who said, "You're not famous are you?!! You really look like you could be someone famous and you're trying to hide your identity with those glasses. Are you sure you're not someone famous? Come on, you can tell us!"
I just laughed, and shook my head at all possible theories involving fame, and when I was done washing my hands they told me, "Bye! It was really nice meeting you!" as I left the restroom.
It was hilarious.
Now, looking back on the incident, I realize I had three possible ways to respond to the accusation of fame:
1) Tell them that yes, actually, I am famous, I am _____, with the blank being filled in by the name of an A-lister who I could vaguely resemble. Although I can't think of anyone. Anyone have suggestions of a petite, pale-skinned, brunette with brown eyes star who I could slightly believably claim to be next time? The benefit to this response is that for the rest of their lives, these two girls would have a story to tell of the time they met _____ in a public bathroom--and I do love a good story, don't you?
2) Tell them that I'm actually Rachel G., blogger of international fame, and hand them my business card. I'd say that I sometimes get recognized a little too often due to how many times my outfits are pinned on Pinterest, hence the sunglasses.
3) The final option is the most truthful, and the one I took. It involves a lot of smiling, laughing, saying, "Oh no, I'm no one famous, it's just really sunny outside, you know!"
Now you know, if you want to increase your fame, wear sunglasses, especially indoors.
P.S. The next day, Angel saw a dead ringer for Luke Bryan eating alone at Panda Express. He wanted to go tell the guy he looked like Luke Bryan (Is it weird for a guy to tell another guy that he looks like a man with a reputation for looking very attractive?) but I convinced him not to based on my recent experience with fame. Sometimes the celebrities just want to go to the bathroom or eat their fake Chinese food in peace, you know?